Buprenorphine is a new and attractive medication option for many opioid-addicted adults and their physicians. Before initiating buprenorphine treatment, providers must be aware of such critical factors as how the medication works, its efficacy and safety profile, how it is used in opioid withdrawal as well as maintenance treatment, and how patients can best be selected, educated about buprenorphine, and monitored throughout treatment. This article reviews these important issues as well as requirements for physician and staff training and needs for additional research on this unique medication.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Science & practice perspectives / a publication of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health|
|State||Published - Aug 2004|
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